Head Above Water (1996)
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Critic Reviews for Head Above Water
Diaz is largely performing in a vacuum: Keitel, unbelievable for starters as a middle-aged judge, seems unsure at which pitch to play the largely physical comedy, and Sheffer, as the best friend, is fairly vanilla.
Diaz, clad mostly in a one-piece yellow swimsuit, is left floundering in the shallows of a script which relies on ludicrous human behaviour and mechanical plot twists, the latter signposted by an over-emphatic score.
One moment, ''Head Above Water'' plays like a clanking melodrama, the next like a gallows comedy of corrupt yuppie manners.
If you have to spend time with a corpse at the beach, this is better than "Weekend at Bernie's." But it's a near thing.
Debts must have been called in on this one.
Interesting thriller with good twists.
Audience Reviews for Head Above Water
You made a mess and I cleaned it up. An old judge marries a woman he is soft on that comes into his court room. They head to the woman's family home on the water where an old friend with the hots for her and an ex-boyfriend resides. The ex-boyfriend dies, the judge and wife need to decide what to do with the body, and people keep popping in on them. Can they work together to get out of this sticky situation? "Who's laughing now, Tweety?" Jim Wilson, director of 50 to 1, Whirlygirl, Smart Alec, and Stacy's Knights, delivers Head Above Water. The storyline for this picture is miserable and simple and fairly frustrating. The acting was just okay but the premise and script were not worthwhile. The cast delivers average performances and includes Harvey Keitel, Cameron Diaz, Craig Sheffer, Billy Zane, and Shay Duffin. "Let's just do it and we'll all be satisfied." I came across this on HBOGO and decided to give it a viewing since it starred Harvey Keitel. The film was very disappointing, clumsy, and a bit all over the place. Diaz was a very frustrating character and the movie doesn't seem clever or well done at all. I recommend skipping this. "This is crazy." Grade: C-
Not really one of the best but nice to watch. Not a bad comedy. Trying to get rid off the dead body of Billy Zane s character, some nice LOLs scenes nothing special.
This is one edge of your seat thriller...that I never knew of...Both Harvey Keitel and Cameron Diaz had 'killer' instincts in this movie well into the end...see this....
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